Meaning of “confession” in the English Dictionary


"confession" in English

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confessionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /kənˈfeʃ.ən/ us /kənˈfeʃ.ən/

B2 the act of admitting that you have done something wrong or illegal:

I have a confession to make - I've lost that book you lent me.
I can't ask for help. It feels like a confession of failure.
Confession is the first stage of coming to terms with what you've done.
He made a full confession to the police.

an occasion when a Christian tells God or, especially in the Roman Catholic Church, tells a priest formally and privately, what they have done wrong so that they can be forgiven:

Have you been to confession recently?
The priest heard his confession.

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(Definition of “confession” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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confessionnoun [ C/U ]

us /kənˈfeʃ·ən/

Confession is the activity of telling God or a priest what you have done wrong so God will forgive you.

(Definition of “confession” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)